By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun has charged religious bodies and corporate institutions in the state to embark on corporate social responsibility programmes that would improve the lives of the people, just as the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has remained committed to impacting humanity for good
Prince Abiodun gave the charge yesterday during the official commissioning of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Redeemers Health Centre of the Redeemed Christian Church of God located at the popular Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
According to statement from Senior Special Assistant on New Media to the governor, Emmanuel Ojo, the governor said the health care facility would assist in boosting qualitative healthcare delivery not only to members of the church but also residents of the neighbouring communities.
He also noted that the commissioning of the project was a milestone in the history of the church, as it had taken the church and Christianity to a new level, saying the doors of the State Government was open to such lofty ideas that would boost the health sector.
“Let me use this opportunity to assure the church, other religious organizations and other prospective partners that our door is ever open for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in all sectors of our dear State.
“There are open windows of partnerships in other areas of infrastructural development, provision of amenities and human capital development, I assure you that you will find us worthy partners”, he said.
In his remarks, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye stated that the traditional institution must be respected and revered by government, adding that any government that fails to recognize the institution was faulty.
“I am convinced beyond all doubt that in any restructuring that Nigeria may do, they must have a very special place for traditional rulers, any form of government in Nigeria that ignores the traditional rulers or push them to the background is faulty, because they have been ruling us before the British came and they were doing a good job”, he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Special Assistant to the General Overseer in charge of Coporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Pastor Idowu Iluyomade noted that in just a year, the church had done 86,000 projects all over the country, commending the wife of the General Overseer, Pastor Folu Adeboye for donating the building used for the ICU.
Idowu who also noted that the church has 16,000 daily feeding centres, empowered over 100,000 people in the last one year through partnership with regions under the guidance of the church, added that it had in the last two years, sponsored nine successful kidney transplants and dialysis for 9,600 people.